Empowerment and Employment
In 2007, Ann and Mallory Regan created month-long art class to provide artistic and recreational opportunities to people with differing abilities. The mother-daughter-duo planned various art projects to take place over the course of the art class, which included a segment on tie-dying socks—that never ended.
The artists had so much fun creating their unique tie-dye socks that the group decided to sell the tie-dye apparel at local craft shows as a way to have fun, make money, and introduce the artists as contributing members of the business community.
For over a decade, the tie-dye apparel made by the artists at No Rulz Art has become a staple at craft shows, festivals, local boutiques, and small businesses.
“People often buy their first pair of socks because of our story but come back for more because of the quality and uniqueness of our products.”- Nick Regan, No Rulz Art Communications and Sales Manager
Like each and every one of us, each artist’s tie-dying techniques are unique; every employee has developed their own method for creating exclusive designs.
Our extensive inventory of tie-dye apparel ensures that we have the perfect tie-dye garment to showcase your personality. At No Rulz Art, we produce top-notch products while building awareness, acceptance, and independence for everyone.
No Rulz Art was created to provide a social and recreational atmosphere for persons with differing abilities to have an outlet for creativity while gaining meaningful employment. With each artist as a business stakeholder, we are committed to demonstrating that everyone is capable of contributing when given the opportunity.
I am a wife, mom of six and grandmother to five and counting. My son Tim has Down syndrome. When he graduated high school and into vocational training, I realized there was nothing “out there” once we left our welcoming school system. That's why I founded No Rulz!
I was drawn to art as a child, and in addition to a masters degree in Occupational Therapy, managed a minor in art. When we developed the arts program we were thinking a one-time activity to provide some additional recreational opportunities for young adults with special needs. Little did we know that our afternoon of tie-dye would lead us and them to No Rulz Art.
Human Resources and Morale/Artisan
I like doing No Rulz Art and tie-dying. I do rainbow colors, football teams like the Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Christmas colors, Hanukah colors. I like to do socks and I like selling them and talking to people about the colors and how we do it. We sometimes do shirts, scarves, hats and I like doing all of them. I like wearing my tie dye socks!
I like No Rulz Art because it is fun, beautiful friends and we have a good time. I like to use pink and doing tie dye stuff. I am very friendly and love selling our tie-dye. I am the best seller!
Marketing and Sales/Artisan
My name is Brittany Weiss. No Rulz means be together, be nice to everyone. That is the rules.
Hello, my name is Kelleen and I love being part of No Rulz Art. I can be very creative and choose my favorite colors to tie dye. I have made new friends and also hang out with some old friends. We then can go out in public and sell our tie dye to people. I’m very proud of what we make and I like to show off our great items. So please if you see us in the community come up and see our many tie dye merchandise. We would love to brag to you. We are so grateful for Annie Regan giving us this opportunity to do this.
Marketing and Sales/Artisan
Hi, I’m Meghan. I love No Rulz Art because I get to see my friends and being creative making one of a kind items. It’s fun to meet people when selling what we have made. I like to visit my brother and sister. I love to dance with Dancing Wheels, workout with Jacob’s Ladder Fitness, swimming, bike riding, golfing, walking, dancercise. I like going to Cedar Point and sometimes a movie and shopping or doing stuff on the computer. That is myself!
Communications and Sales/Artisan
I am a stay-at-home dad with 2 amazing and energetic children. I was at Ohio State getting my PhD in Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry when No Rulz was born. I was home often to help out and always made sure to take a few socks with me back to Columbus. After graduating, moving back to the Cleveland area with my wife and starting a family, my life situation created an opportunity to become a stay-at-home dad.
Growing up with a brother that has Down syndrome has taught me that all individuals are capable of great things. I saw No Rulz as a place that is founded on that belief and allows ALL of its participants to grow, play, socialize, be included, and most of all, make great products. My belief in the No Rulz way, the products, and the possibility to change the way the world views people with disabilities has brought me to join the No Rulz team and help grow it into the model company for the inclusion of all.
I like No Rulz Art and making socks. My favorite part is washing them after they are dyed. My favorite color is pink but I like to use black and other dark colors when I tie-dye. I have fun at No Rulz and I like seeing my friends, especially Brittany, and listen to everyone talk. They are funny!
Jake is the newest addition to the No Rulz Team. He has only been with us for a couple of weeks, but has already proven himself to be a quick learner and hard worker. Jake does a little of everything around No Rulz as he learns the process, but is always quick with a joke or to join in a dance party.
Finance, Sales, and Logistics/Artisan
Over the last 10 years, I would occasionally stop by the No Rulz workshop (aka. the basement) and see a beehive of activity. Everyones face, usually covered in dye or paint, was always smiling and having a great time. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?
After graduating Ohio University with a degree in Finance, I began to look for natural gas in Pennsylvania and New York. For 11 years I worked for Stryker Energy, splitting half of my time in the muddy oil fields and the other comfortably in the office. Joining me in the field most of the days was my brother Tim, an artist at No Rulz.
My first day at No Rulz I got teased a little by all of the veterans, but with every joke came a room full of laughter and it was well worth it. The creativity, the brainstorming, the color schemes, and business proposals by the workforce at No Rulz can not be duplicated, and why we succeed.
My Name is Carrie Linden and I am proud to say that I have Down Syndrome. I live with my mom and am passionate about my nieces and nephews and I love spending time with my two sisters.I am also passionate about my jobs at The Cleveland Clinic and The Upside Of Downs. I also enjoy coloring and doing my word search books and jigsaw puzzles. I joined No Rulz Art in 2007 and i had so much fun. It helped me relax and stay calm. It gave me a chance to be with peers to socialize and create awesome work. I have helped sell our merchandise all over cleveland and i really enjoyed when people bought our product. No Rulz Art is special to me.
My favorite color IS tie-dye since I am totally colorblind (and an old hippie), but I have been behind the scenes of No Rulz since inception, offering business advice and hauling the collection to and from craft shows. I have watched our young adults grow from hobbyists to artisans, knowing that they produce high quality products, and believing that they can and should share their vision and talents with others. For myself, I have started and run small businesses, one of which became very big and was sold, but did all this with other talented people (many more talented than I), and partners who shared common vision and goals. I love No Rulz for what it stands for (all people have value) and where it can go.
I am here to assist our arts/craft show partners, the entrepreneurial retailer and the multi-store brick and mortar or online retailer learn about No Rulz and develop a relationship for our collection/brand.
If you have an interest or special request, let me know as THERE ARE NO RULZ!